In a match against Casper Ruud on Sunday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Carlos Alcaraz won his maiden Major title. After winning the Major at the youngest age since Rafael Nadal in 2005, the Spaniard made a full circle and entered history.
With those 2000 points, Carlos went one step further and ascended to the ATP crown, becoming the youngest world no. 1 since the ATP ranking’s inception in 1973. Alcaraz broke the top 40 last year and participated in his first Major quarterfinal in New York.
He achieved tremendous success, and twelve months later, at the age of 19 and four months, he became the first adolescent to hold the ATP throne! Carlos set a standard that won’t likely be surpassed in the future by Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin.
Prior to winning the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan, Alcaraz completed the 2021 season by reaching the Vienna semi-final and the third round in Paris. At the Australian Open, Carlos tested Matteo Berrettini to the absolute extent after beginning the 2022 season slightly outside the top-30.
The first adolescent to hold the ATP throne is Carlos Alcaraz.
In Rio de Janeiro, Alcaraz won the ATP 500 tournament at a young age and the next day broke into the top 20. The young player fell to Rafael Nadal in a thrilling semi-final at Indian Wells, but he later recovered to win the third-youngest Masters 1000 title in Miami.
Carlos won his second ATP 500 title in Barcelona at the end of April, making a spot in the top-10 likely. He then joined the elite group. In order to win his second Masters 1000 title in a month and a half, a teenager defeated Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Alexander Zverev in Madrid.
Prior to losing to Jannik Sinner in the Wimbledon fourth round, Carlos was defeated by Zverev in the quarterfinal at Roland Garros. In back-to-back ATP finals in Hamburg and Umag, Lorenzo Musetti and Jannik Sinner were too strong for Alcaraz, and he only prevailed in two matches in Montreal and Cincinnati.
Carlos reserved his best tennis for the US Open, where he advanced to the championship match by defeating three opponents in a row in five sets. Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud in three hours and 20 minutes with a score of 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3, giving him the biggest win of his short career and a position in the record books.
By fending off two set points in the third set and maintaining control of the tempo to win the match, the Spaniard secured the most crucial points. Alcaraz made one break in the opening set before winning it at 5-4 with a serve. In the second set, Ruud won four straight games after falling behind 2-2 to increase his chances and build momentum.
In the third set, the combatants traded early breaks, and the Spaniard was put to the ultimate test at 5-6. The hardest aspect of the interaction for the young person had two set points. Alcaraz erased the second with a smash winner to win the match and force a tie break after saving the first with a volley victory.
After the opponent made a sloppy forehand error, he sealed the match 7-1 to advance toward the finish line. In the fourth set, Alcaraz produced five easy holds while maintaining pressure on the opposition. After the opponent’s erratic backhand in game six, he defeated Ruud and then served a booming volley at 5-3 to win the match and become the youngest world no. 1.